30 July 2013

Is China Poking at Japan Through Video Games?

The Chinese Army has commercially released an FPS originally designed as a training game, and the scenarios are all Japan-baiting scenarios fighting for the Diaoyu Islands.

n the latest passive-aggressive escalation of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Island dispute, a Chinese computer game originally designed to train soldiers has added a level that lets players “reclaim and defend” the vacant but heavily disputed islands between China and Japan.
“Glorious Mission Online,” China’s Call of Duty equivalent, already involved the standard faux-military missions common in such games. But the updated online version, as first reported by the South China Morning Post, will also have players simulating a battle against Japanese soldiers on the islands and using the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier. It’s particularly provocative given that the People’s Liberation Army helped develop the game.

By: Brant

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